Scratching your head because you don’t know what to get the man of the house this holiday season? Well look no further. I’ve put together my five favorite gadgets sure to make the men in your life smile on Christmas morning.
1. Pentax Optio W90 digital camera: Dads drop things, dads break things, and dads aren't great at keeping scratches and bruises off of their gadgets. Well fear not! Pentax has created an incredibly durable camera that doesn’t scrimp on features -- great for the clumsy gadget lover in your life.
The Optio W90 boasts a 12-megapixel camera, 5x optical zoom, and an HD video shooting mode. It has a backpack-ready carabiner that snaps right on a pack or work belt. It’s waterproof up to 20 feet, and seemingly indestructable -- you can drop it on the ground and it won’t break! Plus there's no more taking off those big, bulky winter gloves to snap photos; Pentax built the buttons so they’re ski slope ready. This is my new favorite dad-friendly camera.
2. Logitech Harmony 600 Remote: Men love remote controls. But there’s one thing we love more than having 20 remote controls -- one remote to rule them all. Enter the Logitech's Harmony line of controls, which range in price from 80 dollars up to a couple of hundred.
The Harmony 600 is the most affordable of the bunch at just $80, and it controls up to five different devices with simple button descriptions such as "watch TV" or "listen to music." It’s simple to program, too: Just plug it into your Mac or PC and the Logitech software takes you through the rest of the setup.
3. Apple iPad: The Consumer Electronics Association just released their latest Christmas predictions and the iPad was at the top of the list for most sought after gadget this year. It’s no surprise at all. Apple simply owns the tablet space -- and there’s not even a distant second place, trust me on that one.
The Apple iPad offers access to hundreds of thousands of apps and snappy web surfing, and you kill two birds with one stone if dad is looking for an eReader this Christmas: The iPad is now the only way I read books. Consumer satisfaction with the iPad is higher than any consumer electronics device in recent memory, too, so he's sure to like it.
4. Dell XPS 15 Laptop: I’m impressed with the features Dell crammed into the latest 15-inch XPS laptop. First of all it’s a powerful beast. This bad boy boasts an Intel Core i5 processor and an Nvidia graphics card, all for a highly affordable $864.
Next, chatterbugs will rejoice at the first Skype HD certified webcam built right in. That means grandma will be able to see every freckle. However its biggest selling point may be its sound system. Remember, the XPS is a laptop but that didn’t stop Dell from wedging a powerful JBL speaker system in there, complete with a subwoofer. Your friends will think it’s your stereo or a fancy Sonos playing that music.
5. Sonos Zoneplayer S5: Speaking of Sonos... in 2009, I named it my gadget pick of the year. Since then no company has been able to to outdo the beautiful room-filling sound the Sonos Zoneplayer S5 can pipe out. And this year the company has released a great looking black edition.
For those that haven’t heard me wax poetic about it yet, the Sonos S5 is an all-in-one wireless music system that streams your iTunes library, Pandora, Sirius/XM, and thousands of radio stations over your home network with a free iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app. You can set up multiple Zoneplayers in your house and play the music on party mode, or chose different music for different zones ... meaning the baby can hear lullabies in the bedroom while dad gets classic rock in his study. Sonos is my stereo of choice.
Clayton Morris is a Fox and Friends host and the tech brain behind the Gadgets and Games show. Follow Clayton's adventures online on Twitter @ClaytonMorris (where he promises to try to answer all your gift questions) and by reading his daily updates at his blog.